Champions Kitchee overcame visitors Sun Pegasus 4-2 in the RedMR First Division yesterday to move back to the top of the table.
With South China slipping up against bottom side Southern with a goalless draw on Saturday, Kitchee now head the standings with 15 points, one ahead of the Caroliners.
At the other end of the table, Sunray Cave Sun Hei were held 1-1 by home side Wofoo Tai Po, which left Southern once again propping up the table. Both sides have three points, but Sun Hei have a better goal difference.
Despite the scoreline, Kitchee had to work hard for the victory. At one stage they were 2-1 down in a match riddled with defensive errors. It took a three-goal blast in four minutes after the break to change the entire situation.
First it was Jaimes McKee who intercepted a weak back pass by Jorge Tarres of Kitchee and put Pegasus 2-1 ahead in the 63rd minute. McKee had also scored the equaliser 12 minutes into the second half to cancel out Tarres' effort in the first half.
But their jubilation was shortlived as Pablo Counago levelled for Kitchee just a minute later and Tarres, who was again unmarked in front of the goal after a fast-taken free kick, made it 3-2 in the 66th minute. Counago settled matters with his second of the night in the 78th minute.
At least three of their four goals could have been avoided if the defence had stayed alert, observed new Pegasus coach Chan Chi-hong.
"We have made improvement in our defence but unfortunately the players also made some very stupid mistakes which cost us dearly," said Chan, who replaced outgoing Chan Ho-ying after Pegasus were held 3-3 by Southern in their previous match.
"But I am still confident the team can do better and we look forward to the cup ties as the new management is eager to get results in their first season."
Tai Po were in full control of the first half in front of the home crowd, but managed only one goal through Alexander Akande. And they paid a heavy price for their misses with Mamadou Barry equalising for Sun Hei in the 58th minute. Sun Hei also had Jean Kilama find the net in stoppage time, but the goal was ruled offside.